The National Organization for Marriage in Rhode Island today released this "Pastors Resolution Petition", a petition which they are encouraging all "Bible Believing Pastors" to sign. In my opinion, NOM has stooped to a new low, showing even more blatant disrespect and hatred for LGBT people and their allies. My analysis and refutation for NOM's reasons why the Rhode Island legislators is below, as well as the text of the document. If you would like to read the original, without my input, it can be found here.
RESOLUTION ON MARRIAGE IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND By Bible Believing Pastors of Rhode Island Relative to bills H-5012 and S-0029 before the RI General Assembly
WHEREAS, The laws of nature, human reason, and thousands of years of human tradition in all cultures have always affirmed marriage to be a heterosexual institution If ALL cultures – which is what this passage says – have affirmed that marriage has always been a heterosexual institution, why do we not see history back up this “fact”. From the Native Americans, tribes in Papua New Guinea, to the Roman and Greek empires – we see the exact opposite. Which reminds me – don’t Christians claim that Rome fell because they sanctioned gay unions? Can’t have it both ways NOM.
WHEREAS, Our own society has been based from the beginning on the Judeo-Christian ethic which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. And just because we have always done something one way means that we should always continue to do it that way? This is the definition of the appeal to tradition logical fallacy. And since our society was presumably “founded” upon this Judeo-Christian ethic, we should go back to the time when women were not allowed to vote? The world progresses in its ideas – start progressing with it.
WHEREAS, The Bible and Jesus Christ in particular define marriage as a heterosexual union between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27; 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). So? Just because Jesus said so does not mean the Rhode Island Government should as well. Plus, you all should know better – being in the state which Roger Williams founded because of the oppressive codification of religious laws by the Puritans of Massachusetts.
WHEREAS, Monogamous heterosexual marriage, involving the intimate, permanent union between the two complementary sexes, male and female, is uniquely and naturally suited to fulfill our deepest needs for human companionship. So therefore, this statement implies that gay and lesbian relationships are less than then heterosexual. To these pastors – and to NOM – my relationship with my husband does not fulfill my deepest need for companionship, and instead they would rather me go and “marry” a woman to whom I am not at all interested. Plus, if that’s what your really concerned about – permanent unions – I challenge you all to sign a petition to outlaw divorce.
WHEREAS, Under normal circumstances, children are best nurtured in the context of a two-parent family, where appropriate male behavior is modeled by a loving father and appropriate female behavior is modeled by a loving mother. You can say this all you want, but just because you say it does not make it true. What do you do with all the social science data that shows that it does not matter the gender of the parents, but only that there needs to be TWO of them.
WHEREAS, Heterosexual marriage provides the strong moral, social, and economic foundation for both family and community life. Inference once again is that gay and lesbian marriages would weaken the social, moral, and economic foundation. Thus we are directly the “enemy” of society. Yet again, do we see this play out in the real world? No! Every country that has legalized gay marriage has not slid into the chaos of moral, social, and economic depravity. In fact, the opposite is true. Which state is it again that has the lowest divorce rate in the country? Oh yea, Massachusetts.
WHEREAS, Rhode Island continues to be one of the few states without a so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Thanks God. Your not defending anything, your excluding people who want to take part in the institution.
WHEREAS, The Bible in both the Old Testament and the New Testament clearly and specifically forbids homosexual conduct – as well as all other forms of sexual misconduct outside the bounds of heterosexual marriage (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11) Again, so what? So now Rhode Island should base its laws on the Bible. Again, Roger Williams would be ashamed!
WHEREAS, The Bible plainly declares that God loves all people, regardless of their lifestyle, and that he accepts, forgives, heals, and transforms all who come to him in genuine repentance and faith Well, that’s great. You guys can believe that my husband and myself are living in sin. But what do you do with the fact that your so called “change” therapy is actually mentally harmful, increases the suicide rate of those who undergo such therapy, and has been shown not to work. Plus, being gay and lesbian is not a lifestyle – its an orientation. Get your terminology straight.
WHEREAS, It is the function of government to provide for the common good of society, to protect marriage and family life, and to promote social righteousness Actually that is not the function of Government, and if you all would read any of the founding texts, the Founding Fathers rejected this concept. Government was actually instiuted to protect, and I quote from the Constitution, “the blessings of Liberty”. Again, believe what you want, but evidence outweighs your opinion.
WHEREAS, Civil laws play a decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior in society Yea, though this may be true, I really don’t see how allowing gay marriage would be a bad thing. Oh shock, it would let those who are growing up in our society see that gay and lesbian people are equal to them…oh the horror.
WHEREAS, Our concern as clergy is not merely to preserve the institution of heterosexual marriage as a religious rite within our own denominations but to preserve the well-being of marriage and family life throughout our state and society No, your wanting to institute your version of marriage on all of us, even in the face of all evidence that marriage equality does not hurt the well-being of marriage or family life.
WHEREAS, The passage of laws legalizing homosexual marriage will force the teaching of the validity of this lifestyle in the public schools of our state One word for this: Homeschool. If you hate the public schools not teaching your version of morality that much, isolate your kids from the world and brainwash them into thinking your particular way. Very simple – just don’t expect the rest of us to subsidize your backwardness.
WHEREAS, The passage of laws legalizing homosexual marriage will place persons of conscience who oppose such unions for moral reasons in jeopardy before the law in their business and legal relationships Oh so now you are the victims of the evil gays? So now you want the ability to do business to only those people who are not “sinning”? If so, shut down your business period. You exist within the public sphere, and the public sphere says that you are not allowed to discriminate. Deal with it.